Your PCCs
Both parishes have now held their Annual Meetings, so here is the updated list of members.

                                        St Decuman’s                                                                    St Peter’s

Vicar                               Revd Mark Phillips                                                           Revd Mark Phillips
Reader                           Donna Marsden                                                               Donna Marsden
Reader in training      Clare Phillips                                                                     Clare Phillips
Ordinand                      Julie Pelling                                                                        Julie Pelling
Churchwardens          Janet Bremner                                                                  George Fenech       Sue Withycombe
Deanery Synod reps  Margaret Tatham   Ros Whellams                                 Clare Phillips           Sue Withycombe
Elected members:
Secretary                      Andrew Tatham                                                                Elizabeth Payne
Treasurer                     Glenys Knight                                                                    Peter Payne
                                        Tracey Gullis   Tony Knight                                             Tracey Copp   Margaret Gliddon
                                        Sarah Lander   Jim Powers                                              Elizabeth Grinstead    Sara Hempshall
                                        Chris Wade   Cynthia Webb                                            Ann Smith
                                        John Whellams

This year’s Deanery service will be at Stogursey
church at 10.30am on 29th October, followed by
a bring and share lunch at the Victory Hall.
There will be a shuttle for those who do not
feel up to walking from one end of the village to
the other.

Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we join our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street.

Market Street in Watchet     and

North Road in Williton

Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.

Prayers for the People of Ukraine

We pray for peace

There is an opportunity for volunteers to sing as
part of a choir at the Deanery Service on

29th October.

If you wish to join the Choir please
contact the Area Dean Alison Waters

Next Sunday – 1st October

10.00am           All Age Worship at St Peter’s
10.45am           Parish Communion at St Decuman’s​

Dates for your Diaries
Sunday 8th October                                                     Harvest Festival in both churches    see below
Monday 9th October                2.00pm                      Funeral of Michelle Chilcott at St Decuman’s

Monday 16th October              7.00 - 9.00pm           Bishop RUth at Crowcombe Church House  see below
Sunday 29th October               10.30am                    Deanery service at Stogursey church    see below


Today’s Collect reminds us that prayer is more than simply asking God for something and waiting for an answer.
We are part of the answer, for God works through us.  We ask him what things we ought to do, and pray for
grace and power to carry them out. As someone once said: ‘Pray as if everything depended on God.   Do as if everything depended on you.’

Today’s Worship and Readings

9.15am        Parish Communion at St Peter’s
10.45am      Parish Communion at St Decuman’s
                     Readings: Exodus 16.2-15  ;  Phillipians 1,21-30 

                                        Matthew 20.1-16


Please contact your churchwardens with enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. and any member of the Benefice team is happy to be contacted with general enquiries, requests for prayers, etc. 

Benefice Team:

Revd Mark Phillips              Vicar                                                                Tel: 01984-639669                        email:
George Fenech                       Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-633577                         email:
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email:
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email:
Julie Pelling                             Ordinand                                                         Tel: 07973-961083                        email:
Donna Marsden                     Reader & Mental Health First Aider           Tel: 01984-633707                        email:   

Benefice Website:       

Facebook Pages:            
Report a concern at or call Safeguarding Manager, Ben Goodhind: 01749 588917

Our Benefice Safeguarding Officer: Tracey Gullis.   Telephone: 07361 811707


We are holding in our thoughts and prayers: Jane D,

Janet S, Sara S, Alice, Edna S, Jackie W, Naomi & George L

 & Una Hughes.

If you would like to be included on the Prayer List, please let Mark, Sarah or Sue know..​

Please continue to send items for the news sheet to both of us:
Sarah Lander:       Sue Withycombe:

Quantock Deanery Prayer Diary - Every day of the month we pray for different people in our Deanery

Watchet and Williton Benefice
24th                         The staff & Students of Danesfield C of E Middle School (Patrick Weld, Chaplain), Knights Templar C of E & Methodist
                                 First School, St Peter’s C of E First School

25th                        The Staff and visitors to Great Wood Camp, Patrick Weld (Chaplain)
26th                        The employees and contractors at the three Hinkley Point Power Stations (A, B, and C), Ewen Huffman (Chaplain to HPC) and volunteer chaplains
Health & Care Centres
27th                         The staff and patients of Cannington Health Centre, Quantock Medical Centre (Nether Stowey), West Somerset
                                 Healthcare (Watchet and Williton Surgeries), Williton Community Hospital (David Flower, Debbie Banks : Chaplains)
28th                         The staff and residents of Croft House (Williton) and The Old Vicarage Care Home (Stockland)
Local Government
29th                          Parish, Town and Unitary Authority Councillors; Ian Liddell-Grainger (MP); new housing and employment projects
The Church of England
30th                          +Justin Welby, +Stephen Cottrell (Archbishops)

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 24th September 2023


 Knowing what we ought to do

On Sunday 8th October St Decuman’s and St Peter’s are holding their Harvest Festival services.
This year you can bring fresh produce as well as canned goods as there are two charities who are happy to receive fresh produce.

​​​​​​​​​​​Dates for the week ahead
Monday 25th September                2.30-4.30pm        Alpha Course (at Salvation Army Hall)
Tuesday 26th September                9.30am                 Little Saints at the Meeting Room
Wednesday 27th September         10.00am                Little Saints at the Salvation Army Hall, Watchet
                                                             7.00-9.00pm        Alpha Course (at the Meeting Room)
Thursday 28th September              9.00am                 Morning Prayer at Holy Cross
                                                            10.00am                CAMEO at St Peter’s
                                                            11.00am                Funeral of Elizabeth Crump at St Decuman’s
Saturday 30th September              10.00am                Flute choir practice at Holy Cross

The Collect
 O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you;

and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.    Amen 

Dear Watchet & Williton church friends,
Friday 29th September is a National Day Of Prayer For Schools where Youthscape and a number of other Christian organisations/charities are encouraging churches and communities across the country to take time to pray for the children, young people and adults who are part of their local school and college communities.
As part of this, Ruth and I will be hosting a prayer meeting from 7.30pm – 8.30pm at The Sanctuary in Watchet. All are welcome for this informal time of prayer.
There are also online gatherings being hosted nationally early in the morning and at lunchtime.

More details at
Every blessing,
Andy Levett Go Team Adviser for the Taunton Archdeaconry

Both churches will usually be open every day during daylight hours.

Message from Alison, our Area Dean:
I would be very grateful if you could circulate the invitation to all congregations for Bishop Ruth’s visit
on Monday 16th October at Crowcombe Church House from 7.00 - 9.00pm. The Bishop will, amongst
other things, take open questions from the floor and there will be other Diocesan officers there too.

Wine and cheese will be served.